Is what Edwin Encarnacion did last August the best month by a hitter in Blue Jays history?
As you might recall, Encarnacion hit .407 with 11 HR and 35 RBI; his OnBase was .460 and he slugged .919 - that's an OPS of 1.379, and I found it hard to imagine anyone being any better than that. But I didn't actually know, I wanted to find out, and I only knew one way to do that.
So here's what happened...
We have a once-proud franchise, one that had been scuffling on the
margins of irrelevance for more than a decade despite the
presence on their playing roster of some truly outstanding players. All else having failed, team ownership decided to entrust the
team to a hometown boy. It's an internal promotion - the new guy had
been an assistant to the outgoing general manager. The new
GM slowly assembles the talent required to make this team a contender.
There are setbacks along the way - it took a few years to find the right manager, there were some trades that didn't work out, there were some unique
issues with team ownership. Eventually, however, in his sixth year on
the job - thanks in large part to a key trade and fuelled by a remarkable second half hot streak - it all came together in a 93 win season that ended, alas, with a memorable showdown against the eventual World Series champs.
Naturally, said GM isn't going to see a seventh year on the job.
Here's some windy baseball lore, to tide us through a Day With No Baseball.
see, it struck me that we might have just seen, in a little more than
24 hours, the worst start by a Blue Jays pitcher in their post-season
history, quickly followed by the best start in the team's post-season history.
A passing remar
k from my man Dave Till:
"All I can say for sure is that I've never seen a period of short-term dominance greater than what the Jays were doing this August."
It's mid-September and the Blue Jays are in Yankee Stadium for a crucial
four-game series with their division rivals. The Jays hold a slim lead
atop the AL East, they've got their ace ready to pitch the opener... and
some of us have been here before.
As Matt Boyd laid an enormous turd on the Rogers Centre mound last night, Bauxite scottt was moved to express a cri du coeur:
Worst start in Jays history?
One of the game's most famous and most remarkable records has now stood for exactly one hundred years. (Well, now it's one hundred and three...)
It was exactly one hundred years ago today that one George Herman Ruth - you've heard of him, right? - made his major league debut.
That's a pretty cool anniversary, no?
We're down to the Final Four, and here's the question on my mind.
What's in it for me?
This is just an exercise in checking an old ballplayer's memory against the record. The record always wins, of course.
These are the
best seasons by Blue Jays pitchers. Something to cheer us up in these dark times. Thank you. I feel much better now.
It was another pitcher named Josh who inspired this exercise, in the wake of another disappointing season of under-achievement.
Josh Towers. We owe him so much.
Four times in franchise history, the Blue Jays have had the best
starting pitching in the American League. I propose to look at those
four starting rotations.
In the last 32 seasons, the Blue Jays have lost 90 games exactly once.
Why does baseball have the best all-star game?
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